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Puppy Kindergarten

About the program

Our puppy kindergarten class is a hands-on experience designed to teach the essentials of cultivating a well-adjusted family pet. Sugar Paws goes beyond teaching a sit or down; we offer safe exposure and socialization during off-leash puppy play, husbandry skills, and a fun and welcoming environment for both owners and their puppies.

6 weekly classes, 1-hour each.

Week 1 is a human-only orientation and weeks 2-6 are with puppies.

Age requirements:

At the class start date, puppies should be between the ages of 8-18 weeks

Topics covered:

  • Safe socialization experience with age-appropriate puppies

  • Positive associations

  • Body handling for grooming and vet exams

  • House training, nipping, chewing and management at home

  • Food and nutrition best practices


Skills covered:

  • Name game

  • Sit and Down

  • Intro to stay

  • Emergency recall

  • Hand-targeting using the "touch" cue (disengagement and casual recall)

  • Intro to "leave it" cue

  • Anti-jumping

  • Resource guarding prevention

  • Reducing reactivity


Vaccination requirements:

  • Distemper & Parvo (at least first round)

  • Bordetella

  • Rabies (if age appropriate)

Upcoming classes

At Sugar Paws Dog Training we DO NOT promote, condone or permit the use of correction-based training tools for dogs enrolled in our training programs. This includes the use of choke chain collars, prong (pinch) collars, citronella collars, shock or vibration collars (including invisible fence shock collars), and bark collars.

Got Vaccinations?

Let's keep all our pups safe & healthy.
Submit your vaccination forms here.

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